CBP Officers Strike Twice and Seize Over $1.5 Million in Narcotics at the World Trade Bridge
LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers assigned to the World Trade Bridge recently seized over $1.5 million in narcotics in two separate enforcement actions.
“CBP has numerous layers of enforcement and our officer’s will go above and beyond to keep these illicit drugs from entering our country and affecting our community,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “I congratulate the officers in enforcing the CBP mission and protecting the public from illegal narcotics.”
Packages containing 174 pounds of cocaine
seized by CBP officers at World Trade Bridge. Photo credit/CBP
The latest seizure occurred on Thursday, August 23, when a CBP officer referred a 1995 Chevrolet pickup for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive imaging system and canine inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of nine packages containing nine pounds of alleged heroin.
On Tuesday, August 21, CBP officers at the same bridge referred a 1999 Freightliner tractor with a shipment of mineral substance for a secondary examination. A non-intrusive imaging system and canine inspection by CBP officers resulted in the discovery of 70 packages containing 174 pounds of alleged cocaine.
Both seizures have a combined estimated street value of $1,577,200.
CBP OFO seized the narcotics. The cases remain under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents.
And in HIDALGO, Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge recently arrested a 23-year-old man from Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico after detecting $500,000 worth of cocaine in the vehicle he was driving. CBP also arrested a woman from Georgia after discovering she had a child in her vehicle that did not possess legal documentation to enter the United States.
“Our officers’ outstanding observational skills and inspection techniques resulted in the discovery of these failed smuggling attempts at our border crossing,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “People encountered under these circumstances will face the fullest punishment allowed by law.”
Packages containing 60 pounds of cocaine
seized by CBP officers at Hidalgo International
Bridge. Photo credit/ CBP
On August 21, a man from Monterrey arrived at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge driving a silver 2003 Honda Pilot and was referred for a secondary inspection. With the use of non-intrusive imaging technology (NII), officers discovered and removed 25 packages of alleged cocaine weighing approximately 60 pounds (26.30 kg). CBP OFO seized the narcotics and the vehicle as well.
That same day, CBP officers referred a 30-year-old woman and her three children for further inspection and after further investigation, officers discovered that one of the children was not her child. CBP officers determined that a 13-year-old girl was not related to the woman and was in fact a citizen of Mexico without valid documents to enter or reside in the United States legally.
CBP OFO arrested both individuals and the man was released to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation. The woman was held pending an appearance before a U.S. federal magistrate, on charges of alleged violation of U.S. immigration law. Her other children were released to a family member.
For more information on the immigration inspection process, visit this link on CBP.gov, Immigration Inspection Program.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
SOURCE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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